Epidemic Intelligence Service

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A service and training program initiated in 1951 at the US Public Health Service Communicable Diseases Center (now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) under the direction of Alexander Langmuir (1910–1993). The original aim of the EIS was to investigate the epidemiology of communicable disease outbreaks with unusual features, large and life-threatening epidemics, and epidemics of unidentified conditions. The EIS has an illustrious history of important discoveries that have clarified many previously mysterious disease outbreaks in the United States and elsewhere in the world. By early in the 21st century, the EIS Officer Training Program had trained almost 3,000 epidemiologists and stimulated development of similar programs in several other countries. For further information, see http://www.cdc.gov/eis/.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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